Thursday, December 17, 2015

Lions Sign Ex Viper Nikiforuk:

The National League B GC Küsnacht Lions have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Alex Nikiforuk. 

The GCK Lions are a Swiss professional ice hockey team that play in the National League B, Switzerland's second tier ice hockey division. In 12 games this season with the Lions Nikiforuk has (1-goal-6-assists-7-points).

This is Nikiforuk's second stint with the Lions after playing the past two seasons with the Lions. Nikiforuk played last year with two different teams (GCK Lions & HC Red Ice). Nikiforuk played in 38 games last year with the Lions before signing with HC Red Ice on November 2nd 2015. HC Red Ice Martigny-Verbier-Entremont is a Swiss ice hockey club, is a member of the Swiss national League B. Nikiforuk never played a single game with HC Red Ice. 

After playing four years at the University of Nebraska, Nikiforuk has spent the past eight seasons overseas playing with eight different teams in six different leagues. (SaiPa, Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg, Herning Blue Fox, Pontebba, Valpellice, EfB Ishockey, GC Kusnacht Lions & HC Red Ice) 

Nikiforuk played one season as an affiliated player "AP" with the Vipers (1999-2000) before being traded the following season to the Burnaby Bulldogs. In 6 games with the Vipers Nikiforuk collected (0-goals-2-assists-2-points).

Alex Nikiforuk's Player Profile:

This is posted on the Swiss hockey news website:




Suprise in the GCK Lions' lineup in yesterday's game against the SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers: Their former import-player Alex Nikiforuk, who had to leave the team after the last season, has returned.

Although Nikiforuk still had a valid contract with the GCK Lions, he had to leave last summer. But because he has found no new team since then, he is now back with the Lions organisation, Die Südostschweiz writes. In yesterday's game he played alongside Denis Malgin, but was not able to prevent the GCK Lions from falling 1-5 to the Lakers. (tme)

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